The Largest Playable Game and Watch Device

Cast your mind back to November last year when we told you about Dr Tom Tilley’s awesomely cool gigantic Nintendo Game & Watch Octopus game? No? Shame on you!

If you do recall Tom’s great creation, then you will be happy to know that the folks at Guinness World Records took note and have officially recognised Tom Tilley’s mega G&W Octopus game as the “Largest playable Game and Watch device”!

Tom’s feat will feature in the Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition 2019 at the start of the Retro Gaming section. Well done Tominator, all of us Australians (and fellow retro gamers around the world) are very proud of this achievement.

source: Guinness World Records

 

Get A Hit of Nostalgia With The Retro Pocket Arcade

Have you had enough of the huge prices that Nintendo’s Game & Watch games demand? Well, you are in luck, as JB Hi-Fi have the exclusive Retro Pocket Arcade handheld going for $24.95!

This fun on the go mini handheld arcade sports a colour 1.8″ LCD and comes packed with 150+ games – take that Game & Watch! The little pocket rocket is powered by 3 x AAA batteries so you can game on the go for hours.

We know what you are thinking – what games are on it and how does it play? Well, if you like Game & Watch games, then you’ll love the incarnations on this little beast. Games like Parachute are on there (it’s actually called Parachute!) – save the parachuting kamikazes by catching them with your boat. We’d be here all day if we went through the entire list of games, but rest assured there are games on the Retro Pocket Arcade to please everyone (take a peek at some in the pic below).

The LCD is nice and bright, making viewing better and easier on your eyes. The D-pad is replaced with four buttons, but that isn’t a bad thing, as it’s reminiscent of the older Game & Watch games that predate Gunpei Yokoi’s wonderful directional pad. The buttons all feel easy on the finger without any lag, but they would have been even better if they were convex instead of being flat. At $24.95, this little beast comes highly recommended if you can’t be stuffed chasing the elusive and expensive Game & Watch games by Nintendo.

With Christmas around the corner, this is a great stocking stuffer for the retro gamer. JB, you’ve done it again!

* The Flea Market Retro Pocket Arcade handheld was supplied by JB Hi-Fi for this article.

 

Super Size Me: Mega Nintendo Game & Watch Octopus

Remember when you carried your Nintendo Game & Watch (or the equivalent knock-off) in your pants pocket?

Now try and imagine putting this mega (193cm by 116cm) Nintendo Game & Watch Octopus in your pocket and then whipping it out for a quick play – your friends would have been thoroughly impressed 😉

This gigantic Game & Watch is the brainchild of computer scientists and one clever Australian, The Tominator – Dr Thomas Tilley. This would have blown our mind back in the day, as it does right now! Awesome stuff indeed.


source: WithProfessorTom

 

Nintendo Game & Watch: Octopus

Octopus_GandWHow old were you in 1981? I was still in single digits and blissfully unaware how addictive Gunpei Yokoi’s Nintendo Game & Watch creations would turn out to be.

On this day (July 16) in 1981, Nintendo released Octopus – their latest handheld classic in the G&W wide-screen series. Oh how I lusted after this one (like many other Game&Watch releases), but alas, I never got to have my own till recently.

If your name is ‘Jenifa Stuart’, I have your Octopus Game & Watch!

 

For the Love of the Game: Handheld Consoles that Defined Portable Gaming

“It was magic!”—that’s how most gamers would describe it, after powering on their first handheld gaming console. At a time when games could only be played on desktop PCs or consoles, these devices allowed people to play their favorite video games while waiting for the bus, in summer camp, or at the dentist’s office. Thanks to companies like Mattel Electronics (now Mattel), Coleco, and Nintendo, they made gaming on the go and fun.

However, in a report published by the International Data Corporation (IDC) and App Annie for the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo 2013; it shows that more consumers are willing to pay more for gaming applications (apps), compared to the stand-alone games released by Sony or Nintendo. With tech companies like Verizon supporting the mobile industry, game developers are starting to rethink their strategy to cope with the competition.

As sad as it may seem, I still believe that there are gamers out there who are still patronizing our beloved portable gaming devices. With that in mind, I’d like to share my old school handheld console experience, and how it shaped me as a gamer.

Game & Watch

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Ask people what a Game & Watch (G&W) is, and the first thing that they’ll ask is, “Is it a smart watch?”. As funny as it may seem, this is the usual answer I get when I ask this question. Since we live in the so-called Smart Age, this could be the reason why this answer came across their minds. Fortunately for me, I was able to play one of these devices and it was awesome. At first glance, you would mistake it for a Game Boy Micro, since they look alike. However, unlike its grandchildren—the Game Boy and DS family line—it only has one built-in game in it. Even though each unit only had one game to play, I had fun playing games like Parachute, Octopus, and Donkey Kong 2. Out of these three games, I liked Octopus the best. It was really challenging to dodge the octopus’ tentacles and get as much treasure as possible. Their technologies may be simple, but each game will really eat up your time and patience (sometimes).

Game Boy Color

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Basically, it’s the first handheld that supported backward compatibility, which was a real innovative move by Nintendo. Aside from its standard Berry (C), Grape (O), Kiwi (L), Dandelion (O), and Teal (R) exterior colors, it had a colored screen, which was a departure from its predecessor, the Game Boy. Well, I was fortunate enough to own its Clear Black version of the Game Boy Color (GBC) and it was used heavily for gaming, maxing out its 2 rechargeable AA batteries. I actually played R-Type DX—it was relatively slower on the GBC but fun; Donkey Kong Island, Super Mario Bros Deluxe, and Dragon Warrior III. The GBC definitely gave me the gaming fix I needed, especially during those long family road trips we usually had.

PlayStation Portable (PSP)

After wearing out my trusty Game Boy Color, I had to buy something new and better. That time, I had my PlayStation II, which was basically my main gaming device. Since I was out of the house most of the time, I needed something more portable. Thanks to my friend’s urging, I finally bought a PlayStation Portable (PSP) and went for the newer, slimmer version—the PSP-3000. It was definitely an upgrade to the older PSP-1000, which my brother owned and it featured a 64MB system software. I was also able to snag the Final Fantasy: Crisis Core ice silver-engraved edition (I’m a huge Zack Fair fan!). Yes, I played Crisis Core a lot and if some gamers didn’t like its new battle system, I loved it a lot. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to complete his sought-after Genji Equipment—I was only able to get the Genjii Helm and Glove. Another game that I loved playing on the PSP was Mega Man Powered Up, and it was in 3D. The designs may be too Chibi-like or cute, but the game-play was still very Mega Man-ish. I also loved that the developers included two new Robot Masters: Time Man and Oil Man. Another great feature of the game was its Challenge Mode, which gave you one hundred more stages to complete. Until now, I’m still waiting for news if Capcom plans to release its sequel.

Since the retirement of my PSP, I now have my smartphone to get my gaming fix. Looking back, these handheld gaming devices definitely helped me become a better gamer. These portable gaming systems may have reached their prime, but they’re still icons in their own right. As the gaming industry faces a new dawn, I’m still hoping that they won’t just fade into the pages of history. Rather, take the lead into its promising future.

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Nadia_HyeongNadia Hyeong usually writes about gadgets, apps and games. During her free time, she appreciates classic rock and art. Follow her on Twitter and Twitter.

 

Game Time: Watches

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For those of us born in the 1970’s, we have fond memories of Gunpei Yokoi’s wondrous Game & Watch series – from the various handhelds to the wrist watches that had mini versions of Nintendo games. The games on these watches were a pared down version of their console or handheld counterparts, but hey, who cared, they looked cool on your wrist.

Fast forward to the present, and these watches still attract attention. Their nostalgic value is not measured in currency, but in smiles from onlookers. The conversations that these watches generate are a sure fire way to meet interesting people, from retro gamers to the curious diner sitting at the next table.

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If the Game & Watch wrist watches are too child like for you, then perhaps the Fossil ‘Atari Asteroids’ limited edition is more up your alley. These watches had a limited run (5000 to be exact) and are therefore getting harder to source. Unfortunately, the ‘Asteroids’ game is not playable on these watches, it merely serves as a demo for this contemporary time piece.

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If you are into watches of the video gaming kind, then these time pieces are a cool way to tell the time and provide some gaming relief (excluding the Asteroids watch!) if you are stuck on the road without your handheld or smartphone.